American Made

If you remember the 80’s you may remember the name Oliver North, Ronald Regan and Don’t Do Drugs.  Well this movie has fun putting all the pieces together for you in what you might at first think would be a follow up to Top Gun. Action, adventure and Tom Cruises’ butt not once but twice grace the screen. Based on a true story, it’s good but long.  A little something for everyone so yes date night, probably better on the big screen but can stream.

The Shape of Water

Stylistically a joy.  This film reminds me a lot of the TV show Pushing Daiseys (which if you haven’t seen, you should!). Story wise, it has hints of Beauty and the Beast with a side of Little Mermaid.  Adult themes include prejudice mixed with politics.  Love comes in many forms.  Overall it was a fun film to watch.  Yes to date night.

The Big Sick

There has been a lot of hoopla about this movie and rightfully so for a romcom.  A sweet story in which you are left asking, what does love mean to you and which “what if’s” have you faced. Kumail Nanjiani is of course very good in the leading role of his life, literally!  Zoe Kazan is adorable as his love interest.  Surrounded by a good supporting cast you don’t mind that the movie is just a little bit slow, almost as though it feels it needs to be a bit more dramatic at certain points, or it wasn’t quite sure how to complete it’s thought about pain and waiting.  This one will leave you saying “awe”,  Date night worthy but watch out, you might get the “how do you feel about me conversation” at the end!

Hero

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Old, sad, and lonely seems to be a go to formula for a character driven piece in Hollywood.  Reflecting on life, your choices and deciding on how/if to move forward.  Sam Elliot is brilliant, as would be expected.  As though it’s film written for him.  All other components of the movie are pretty standard.  Long, drawn out, as is his pain, other than to watch Elliot, not much to see.  Sorry, can’t recommend it as date night but if your looking for a companion for your sadness, this one may do.

The Leisure Seeker

Watching two masters at work can be fun!    Helen Mirron and Donald Sutherland artfully showcase the challenges of growing older while being madly in love.  If only more marriages had such compassion!  The journey on this one is a bit long and somewhat predictable but sweet and had many fun moments.  Music, cinematography, direction all play their role nicely in this film. Who says there on no good female roles in Hollywood for mature women? Date night worthy, fine to downstream and watch with wine.

Into The Fade

It’s nice when a movie doesn’t take the turns you expect.  Pacing is good.  Just when you think it might be getting a bit slow, something a bit unexpected happens.  Set in Europe (english subtitles) this serious movie has a very good leading actress and brings up some great subjects for discussion (trying not to give the movie away of course!).  Date night, not if you are looking for entertainment but yes if you’re looking to discuss after.